BSN program - Freshmen applicants

The University of Michigan School of Nursing seeks to create a class of academically excellent, culturally diverse students who show a genuine, demonstrated interest in contributing to the changing world of health care. See below to guide you through the application process.

Admission is for fall term only.

Request more information


Contact the Recruiting & Admissions team at or 734-763-5985.

U-M School of Nursing
426 N. Ingalls Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2003

  • The Common Application and the Coalition Application will be available August 1, 2019
  • Early action deadline: November 1, 2019
  • Regular decision deadline: February 1, 2020

The Common Application is accessible online at
The Coalition Application is accessible online at
Application instructions: 
  1. Add the University of Michigan to your list of colleges
  2. Select fall 2020 as term of choice
  3. Select the School of Nursing as your school of choice
A complete application for freshman admission must include:
  • Completed Common Application or Coalition Application with $75 application fee
  • School Report (Common Application) or Counselor Recommendation (Coalition Application)
  • One academic teacher evaluation
  • Official high school transcript
    • Send transcript(s) directly to: Office of Undergraduate Admissions, 1220 Student Activities Building, 515 East Jefferson Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1316
  • Standardized test scores
    • All undergraduates must take either the SAT or the ACT.
    • Official test scores must be received by the University of Michigan before the application deadline. 
    • Send test scores to the University of Michigan directly from the testing agency using the exam codes
    • SAT code: 1839
    • ACT code: 2062
  • Application fee of $75 or fee waiver

To be considered for the traditional BSN program, applicants are highly recommended to have completed the following credits: 
  • 4 units of English
  • 3 units of math (including second-year algebra and geometry)
  • 4 units of science (including 2 units of lab science, one of which is chemistry)
  • 2 units of social science
  • 2 units of foreign language
  • Additional math and science courses are encouraged 
Transfer credit policy for freshmen
If you have earned transfer credits during dual enrollment, enrollment in an early or middle college program, or through advanced placement or international baccalaureate testing, please review the School of Nursing Credit Policy for Freshmen to learn how your coursework or exam scores may be used to fulfill some credits in the Traditional BSN curriculum.

The admissions committee will perform a holistic review of your application. The School of Nursing looks for students who show solid academic strength (particularly within the natural sciences), sustained extracurricular involvement, and a genuine, demonstrated interest in the field of nursing.

Educational background

  • Demonstrated strength and competency in the sciences, especially chemistry and biology;
  • Exposure to statistics. Statistics is part of the nursing curriculum at the sophomore level, but exposure to the subject during high school may be good preparation for our curriculum;
  • Psychology and sociology courses also help to round out a student's application.

Extracurricular activities

  • Job shadowing can help students determine their career aspirations and support a stated commitment to the field
  • Volunteering, especially if it provides exposure to the clinical environment, can be helpful to students as they explore their reasons for pursing a nursing degree
  • Experience in research can help prepare a student for the opportunity to participate in independent study research with faculty at the junior and/or senior level
  • Leadership is important, but note that we are more interested in learning what skills were acquired and how the skills were developed through leadership activity rather than merely the title or position held.

Personal qualities

  • Emotional intelligence: the ability to read people and situations is critical to becoming a successful nurse. Emotional intelligence also includes the ability to determine the appropriate behavior and communication in a clinical setting. 
  • Communication skills: A nurse must be able to understand a patient's perspective, ask the right questions in the right way when speaking with patients, and exercise effective non-verbal behavior when interacting with patients and their families. 
  • Initiative: The structure of our program requires that our nursing students demonstrate initiative on a regular basis. They must have the ability to synthesize information learning in class and apply it to clinical experience while continually asking questions as a part of their immersion learning process.

Information sessions are offered at the School of Nursing.